WORKFORCE: Barts Health Trust’s interim chief executive has been made permanent in the role.

Alwen Williams, who joined the trust in June after working as director of delivery and development for the London region at the NHS Trust Development Authority, was previously chief executive of Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust, and of the PCT cluster for inner London. 

Barts has a £134.9m deficit forecast for this year and has struggled with poor accident and emergency and elective waiting times.

Chair John Bacon said: “I am personally delighted by this appointment and I would like to congratulate Alwen and wish her every success in the role.  The trust faces significant challenges in the period ahead but I am confident that, under Alwen’s leadership and with the support of the board, we will make the improvements necessary to deliver consistently safe and compassionate care for all our patients.”

MS Williams said: “The immense scale of what staff at Barts Health do on a day to day basis is truly inspiring and I have been so proud to see some truly excellent care being provided since joining the trust as interim chief executive in June.

“We know that we have improvements to make – our patients deserve safe and compassionate care every single time they come to one of our hospitals or services. From meeting many dedicated and committed colleagues in wards and departments over the last few months, it is clear to me that we are determined to make the improvements and we have the skill and capability to do so.”